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May 1, 2016


Go, Look: On Making A Retro-Marvel Calendar

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Settling In: An Amazing Perk Of Working In Comics

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I'm working on making my house more of a home, and that means getting some art up on the walls. Like a lot of people in comics, I'm blessed with a lot of comics art and comics-related art. I have about ten pieces up right now. I cheap-framed 11 of them yesterday (I'll begin a cycle of proper framing when I own a home).

Very little of my initial collection is left, the pieces I bought from friends in Seattle (my first original art buy was a JR Williams; I was new enough in town I got lost on the way home from the downtown gallery). I've just moved too many times, and some of the extras-per-artist went to charity auctions or in some cases were re-gifted to better homes with more fervent fans. I also parted ways with a Peanuts daily a few years back; I talked about that on the site.

The above are all cool pieces of art, the vast majority gifts from third-party friends or from the artists themselves. Every one means a great deal to me and brings with it a personal memory. I'm happy to share my life with them when I'm taking care of my personal life well enough to have a place with material up on walls. I have room for about five more in this space, and making that decision is going to be rough. Even so, I wish I had kept more event posters. Those are the quirkiest and most fun.

I'll delete this post tomorrow, as I couldn't figure out a way to write it without sounding braggy. I swear that wasn't my first thought. My initial impulse was that there's so much going on with comics in 2016 that's been rough, and seeing this list on my desk this morning gave me a smile. I thought it might inspire some of you to take some extra enjoyment from some of the cool objects -- and the life-long, edifying relationships behind them -- this grand medium has afforded us.
 
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Missed It: Your 2016 Glyph Awards Nominees

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Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up here on the nominees for this year's Glyph Awards, the winners of which are given out in conjunction with the East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention, held each year in Philadelphia. This year the winners will be named May 20.

Alverson notes write-in nominations are encouraged in the "Fan Favorite" category.

The nominees are as follows:

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Story of the Year

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist
* Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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Best Cover

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist
* Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

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Best Writer

* Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
* (H)Afrocentric">Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)Afrocentric
* David F. Walker, Cyborg

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Best Artist

* Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline
* Keef Cross, Dayblack #4 -- Shot in the Ass
* John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

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Best Male Character

* Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist
* Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

*****

Best Female Character

Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists
Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist
Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

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Rising Star Award

Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!
Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!
D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

*****

Best Comic Strip or Webcomic

Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist
Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

*****

Best Reprint Publication

Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book Two (XMoor Studios)
Concrete Park, Volume One: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)
Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

*****

Fan Award for Best Work

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist
Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist
Shaft, Volume One: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

*****
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Go, Look: My Pitch Philosophy

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Go, Look: Elijah Brubaker Loves Richard Corben

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If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

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Happy 41st Birthday, Matt Silady!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Robert Bourne!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Alex Niño!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tom De Haven!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Pitzer!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Phil Foglio!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Tim Sale!

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April 30, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Sales Video Some Folks E-Mailed Me


Colleen Coover Making A Bandette Cover


An Interview With Eraklis Petmezas


Sir Alfred No. 3 Previewed


CBS Sacramento On Jack Ohman
 
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Not Comics: Keith Burns Exhibition Report

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If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Happy 55th Birthday, Andrew Mansell!

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everyone's favorite thing about everyone's favorite old-timey con
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Ben Catmull!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Nat Gertler!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Greg Holfeld!

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April 29, 2016


Go, Look: Raul Burgos Paredes On Fumetto 2016

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VT Thomas, RIP

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Go, Look: Kill Six Billion Demons

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